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Four New Levels of Student Engagement


I write often about the ever-evolving world we live in today. The way “things get done” is transforming before our very eyes. Often, a teacher in a classroom cannot keep up with the way kids connect, share, transmit and get to a goal. In his book, Here Comes Everybody, author and media theorist Clay Shirky…

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How to Enjoy a Less Stressful Year


I have observed an interesting evolution in people, during my career. Our stress levels are rising—and it often requires far less to stress us out. We get stressed more quickly and more easily today. Our expectations of life being easy or convenient are higher today. We tolerate less frustration. Our coping mechanisms vary but we…

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The Top Reason Why College Sports Teams Lose


Can you guess the number one reason of why teams lose at the Division One level of intercollegiate athletics? According to an informal poll we’ve done with NCAA Division 1 coaches, the number one reason they believe their teams lose is: “We didn’t have enough leaders.” One athletic director after another has invited our Growing…

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Six Traits That Shape Students in Our Society

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My children are both young adults, in their twenties. They have grown up in a world almost altogether different than the one I grew up in—fifty years ago. We were talking recently about the “norms” for their peers in society today. My conclusion? We are moving from the “information age” to the “intelligence age” where…

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My Favorite Books of 2016


Once in a while, I post a list of the books I read during the previous year. I try to read two books every month, selecting the titles from a list of topics I desire to grow in over the course of that twelve-month period. This past year, eight of the twenty-four books I read…

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The One Thing I Do at the End of Each Year

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For thirty years now, I have performed a ritual at the end of December. It’s the way I wrap up each year and gain some perspective on my life. I blogged about this last December and got such good response, I thought it may be helpful again. I take a half a day and get completely…

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6 Questions We Must Answer in 2017


In 2017, many of our challenges will be obvious. Problems like hunger, poverty, slavery and war will require our best effort and our brightest students. The problem for those of us who lead the next generation, however, is that there are other, less obvious, problems too. As this year comes to a close, I think…

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5 Insights on Generation Z, Garnered this Year

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Today, we hear from Andrew McPeak. Andrew is a writer, curriculum designer, and speaker who has served with a number of non-profit organizations (and has spoken to thousands of Millennials) over the last 5 years. He now serves on our team at Growing Leaders. This has been a year of change for our county and our…

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